Using Tape Measure Tool in SketchUp

The Tape Measure Tool in SketchUp is used in SketchUp to scale or measure between the points and also it is useful to create construction lines. This construction lines are work as referral geometry in SketchUp. Users can also re-size any group or the whole model by using this Tape Measure Tool. In SketchUp, along with Tape Measure Tool, the Protractor tool and the Measurements box are allowed to model accurately different things, those are:

a. Tape Measure Tool is used to scale a distance and fix exact guide lines or points.
b. The Protocol Tool can use to scale angles and fix an exact angled guide line.
c. The Measurements box waits to accept an exact value after using any kind of tool.

Under the Tape Measure Tool the things can find are:

a. Getting Started Toolbar
b. Construction Toolbar
c. Large Tool Set Toolbar
d. Tools menu on the menu bar
e. Tools palette


How to Use Split and Join Tools in SketchUp

Split and join tools in SketchUp offer you the known applications correctly described by their names themselves. In this 3D application, LayOut Split and Join tools offer the easiest way to design a complex shape by splitting and joining. A few steps are there that help you do the needed cut and join on your design. Generally, split tool is for tearing a design apart while the joining tool joins one or more shapes together.

Steps to follow for splitting a line or a shape:

• Select the Split tool by selecting tools > split.
• Click on the areas of lines or edges you want to split.

The splitting parts of the design can be dragged or dropped anywhere in the design. The picture below rightly presents how to use split tool for your design.

The best thing is that you can use both Split and Join tools together to design a complex shape. If you want to use the tool in the best way, you have to go to the core and learn the basic part of this application.

Follow the steps if you want to join two or more shapes together:

• Use the Select tool to drag the shapes and drop them so that they overlap each other. As it is shown in the Figure 1 (Callout 1).
• Click the Split tool.
• For Shared Vertex, you need to click on every overlap points. On hovering over the split cursor over these points, a red X and an Intersection ToolTIP will appear.

• Use the erase tool to delete the unnecessary part of your design before giving your model a final touch.
• Click the join tool to glue the split part to make a complete model.
• Click on edge of each piece when the Join tool cursor is active. The color fills in the shape with every click. The fill color will be the color of the shape you click first. See Callout 4.

The Split tool has many applications in our SketchUp design. Bending is another thing that is a popular feature for designers. Bending defines the curves of your design instead of the split points. For designing different complex structures, bending will prove a great tool. LayOut Path Editor is the tool that you need to bend the lines and shapes in SketchUp.


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Place Shapes Toolbar is the newest Sketchup extension

SketchUp is expert in creating variant tools for handling the shapes and designs smoothly for the designers and architects. This time they have launched Place Shapes Toolbar. It can be applied in the different versions of SketchUP. In this article the work of this toolbar is described. The readers can assume this toolbar by reading various descriptions of the tool. It is easy and good for creating designs for both big and small fields. Its use and tips are also given here. Let’s have a check on it. There is also a link is given for videos and tutorials.

Place Shapes Toolbar is a new Sketchup plugin invented by Alex Schreyer. This brand new Sketchup plugin supports different versions of Sketchup like SketchUp 8, SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016 and SketchUp 2017.

This extension has a toolbar with some menu items that is used for setting simply different common 3D shapes or geometric primitives. SketchUp’s navigate tools allow users for creating any shapes without too much effort. With the use of this toolbar, the users can accomplish fast “solid-based” modeling for dealing with added and subtracted primitives who can produce a precisely watertight object that is ideal for 3D printing. Prior for changing the shapes, anyone can opt for a general unit like foot, inch, mm, cm, m etc.

This toolbar is a good starter shape set for the new users and the kids who want to play in 3D modeling but don’t have any interest to learn.

Usage: At first show to the “Place Shapes” toolbar and click on the shape that has to be placed. Or the other way is to apply the Draw menu’s items. Most of the shapes will adjust themselves in the basis of the underlying geometry. Arranging various shapes is also possible by going to the select tool or pressing the space bar or the ESC key after finishing.

After placing a shape, move and scale tools can be applied for moving and functioning on the shape. In the case of failing work of any shape as per the requirement right click on it and choose ‘unglue’. In the case of placing any shapes, they all stick to the elementary geometry. Exploding a shape to work with its raw geometry is also possible only by applying the right-click menu. While selecting the base unit from the dialog, all the following placements will get that unit. The items that are already arranged don’t need scaling. This is helpful for modeling small stuff like 3D printing or large stuff like buildings.

Tips for working on this tool:

a. At first turn on the X-Ray face style to enable snapping for the hidden points.
b. Go to View>Hidden Lines to allow the hidden lines visible for more precise snapping.
c. These shapes fit well with the SketchUp Pro’s Solid Tools
d. For adding Text to any of the shapes use the 3D TextTool.

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SketchUp Plugins for Rendering

SketchUp rendering is the option that allows you to visualize your 3D design in a picture perfect manner. The option enhances the quality of your work and markets your products the way you want. There are many SketchUp plugins for rendering available to give your design a perfect touch. Choosing the best option depends on the type of work you want to get from your 3D model. The content mentions names of plugins as many as it could. You can use one of them as per your requirement and demands.

• AmbientOcclusion Lite: This plugin is helpful to get a fast visualization from your 3D model. It also gives a model a real touch with highlighting space. If you want more than usual features of rendering, you must opt for the AmbientOcclusion Pro that comes up with the depth of fields, colors and texture effects.

• ArielVision: This rendering option follows the easiest steps to render your SketchUp model. Its easy-to-use interface makes the rendering process simpler with focusing on some essential features of rendering. You can start rendering just by one click.
To download the application, visit

• Bloom Unit: Bloom Unit uses the cloud computing system to create a photo-realistic view of your images. You no need to be expert in every detail of rendering since it anonymously adds all essential features your model needs.
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• Brighter3D: This extension promises to give you a hassle-free ways of rendering on SketchUp. The built-in features automatically look after important things like lighting, noise and material. It also offers you the multi-threading option with which your system will create a realistic image of your design using the CPU power without the need for graphic cards.

• Corona Renderer: Corona Render solves every problem regarding rendering and transforms your model into a real visual. The extension gets updated offering you new features and functions.
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• FluidRay: Rendering with FluidRay is faster and better as it prepares a visually stunning picture for your 3D models, architecture and interior design.
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• LightUp: LightUp is an object-based rendering that instantly transforms your model to a visually appealing object on the SketchUp window itself. The extension ensures that you will get no-waiting rendering opposed to the traditional process.
Visit to know more or download the plug-in.

• LumenRT: It is another rendering extension for SketchUp that helps you create a photo-realistic view of your design. It understands the photographic environment better than others.
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SketchUp Rendering with V-Ray 3 – An exclusive online course by Brian Bradley

Brian Bradley has presented an online training on Sketchup V-ray 3. V-Ray 3 for SketchUp highlights interactive rendering technology that facilitates you to view results instantly when modifications made to the model.

In this online video tutorial, Brian Bradley provides useful suggestions on how to apply the tools and features available in the powerful V-Ray for SketchUp rendering solution. After shading light on the V-Ray interface, Brian briefly explains how to provide illumination to your scenes with the program’s multipurpose lighting tools.

He also demonstrates how to deal with various light types for including both artificial light and naturalistic daylight. Besides, he focuses on the V-Ray camera, materials, map types, render elements, FX tools, and more.

This online course covers the following topics

* Gamma handling in V-Ray 3 for SketchUp
* Working with interactive rendering
* V-Ray light types
* Working with irradiance mapping

* Rendering animations
* Working with the V-Ray camera
* Using the Materials UI
* V-Ray FX tools
* Stereoscopic 3D rendering

* Using V-Ray objects

To get more information on this course, click on the following link

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nz_Polyhedral Junctions – The most updated sketchup extension

Natale Zappia has developed nz_Polyhedral Junctions for sketchup. This sketchup extension is compatible with SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017. NZ_PolyhedronJunctions comprises of nz_Edge2Polygon.

This sketchup extension can be used to generate Polygons and Polyhedral Junctions to accurate reference edge lengths as well as reunion & affix triangles. It facilitates to produce and customize platonic/polyhedrons to your exact dimensions and requirements from the ground up.

The plugin can generate your own Platonics and Archimedean Solids according to your particular dimensions devoid of depending on external imports. Polyhedral Juctions of the platonics are available all through the nature and are ideal at the time of forming balanced loads about a point.

The plugin is available in extension warehouse

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How to use paste in place tool in sketchup

In this sketchup video tutorial, you will be familiar with paste in place tool. This tool can save significant time while detailing and resizing your sketchup model.

Generally, people employs this tool for transmitting objects in and out of components inside a file. But, it can also be applied to copy from one file to another.

This tool can also be used to draw outside a group or component. Just choose Ctrl+X to cut, provide group/component and paste in place.

To learn how does this tool function, watch the following video tutorial.


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SketchUp for Fine Woodwork Designs

The versatility of SketchUp allows users to draw and design anything they want. The application has been used in many practices for its user-friendly interface and flawless performance. In a woodwork project, SketchUp provides designers with a great support to plan and maintain the blue print of the design efficiently. The eminent designers use different tools and extension to prepare a fine woodwork easily and instantly. Two ways people have been using to complete their wood work project – one is making separate SketchUp file for each part and then assembling them into one; another is preparing a complete project on SketchUp using tools and extensions.

There are many videos available for the designers to project their plan properly and prominently. These tutorials are designed to give you a thorough understanding of the project you are working on. You can get a glimpse of these important notes of designing on Starting from a small wooden table to a credenza, you can prepare a drawing as efficiently as experts do. Designing wooden objects on SketchUp is as much interesting as preparing wooden things at shops. The only difference is it involves less toil than the real wooden work.

SketchUp does not require your methodological concept of sizes and parts to complete your project. This is why you no need to have an idea about aprons, rails, stretches and legs while drawing a small table on your SketchUp. ‘Trim and Keep’ plugin seems to be very useful while cutting the mortises that are an essential work for a wood project.

The more you handle projects, the better you become to complete intensified design that inescapably needs an expert touch. Drawing different shapes has become easier with the features offered by the application. It has inbuilt functions that project your interest in designing things in the finest way.

Making models for cabinetry and rectangular object no longer requires an in-depth study to do a job proficiently. You can also enhance your ability to realize a practical drawing and able to decide what your design needs.

Few Facts to know for woodworking:

Finally, designers across the world, who use SketchUp for woodworking, are able to sum up their experience into few key points. These facts are indeed helpful to understand the technology better and to prepare a project more efficiently. The key facts are given below:

  • Learn designs slowly, one at a time: Learning complex, critical skills slow helps you develop the result better. Start with simple things and then approach to the relatively complex designs.
    • Gain knowledge about visual clues for your understanding of 3D axis to follow: As per the experiences shared by other designers, it is a frustrating job to move an object in 3D space with two-dimensional cursor and monitor. Getting visual clues on SketchUp eliminates the problem with offering a visual clue to the designers.
    • Make a ‘Component’ as soon as you complete a drawing of an object: Creating component of an object allows you to treat that object independently in your design. You can also add this component to your cut-list for the reference.
  • Use others’ work to complete the work in a short-span of time:
    The Model warehouse is filled with a huge collection of drawings of other SketchUp users. You can use those models as a reference for your project. It gives you an easy understanding of how your object would be after finishing all necessary steps.

SketchUp has been a proven platform to give a depth of intensity in the 3D designing. SketchUp for woodwork has been gaining momentum gradually in the interested group. The application will definitely showcase your talent as a fine designer.



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Best SketchUp Practices for Exceptional Designs

SketchUp application has become a household name in the 3D designing. Everyone with an imaginative spree loves this application for its simple approach and easy-to-use functions. There are a few practices that SketchUp users must follow to get the best out of many. These practices involve simple things that you need to maintain while designing. Nothing stringent in rules, these practices are based on the designing habit of an expert designer. The content discusses further the practices and rules that tell you how to create flawless designs simply.

  • Make your own template and adjust the program setting: Making your own template and adjusting program settings as per your use help you design in a comfort environment – a home like feeling where everything is in order. So keeps you satisfied as well as relax you while solving a complex puzzle of designing.
  • Save often and early: This is another best practice that ensures you design stays unharmed. You can save the file even before you start designing. This allows SketchUp to activate the autosave functions that save your file and make necessary backups.
  • Group faces after they become a logical object: In SketchUp, separating objects from each other is not possible. If the object face touches another, then they will remain sticky and hard to move them separately. This is why group faces are there that allows you to make a group component after completing the design.
  • Use component for repeating objects: If you need an object that has various uses in your designing, use component program rather than groups. It allows you to work smoothly on SketchUp.
  • Precise Models designing: The SketchUp precision modeling tool ensures that a model is designed accurately and flawlessly. This tool eliminates the ‘crooked geometry’ or gaps in your design. Texturing and other modeling tasks become harder if models are not developed in a proper way. Use this application for a pleasurable workflow without any hurdles.
  • Polygon count should be low: Since SketchUp is a Polygon based modeler, every curve (triangles and rectangles) you design contains a certain amount of polygon shapes. The faster work of the graphic card relies on the low polygon shape. Display card works extensively if you use many polygon shapes in your design. The best way to avoid this problem is that use the modeling circle or arcs with minimum edges. You can also use component for displaying curve objects to reduce the problem.
  • Application of proxy component: If your design needs a high-polygon object like a tree, then you must use component to keep the polygon count low. Make sure that the components you are choosing are at the same location and it must coordinate with the axes.

SketchUp applications brought a big change in the designing. The practices mentioned above tells you the basic rules to use SketchUp to get a proper designing spree.

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Draw pipes from lines – A new sketchup extension is just launched

Draw pipes from lines is the newest sketchup extension that supports SketchUp 2013, SketchUp 2014, SketchUp 2015, SketchUp 2016, SketchUp 2017.

The plugin will be very useful for Architecture, Construction, Engineering, Heavy Civil, Interior Design, Woodworking sectors.

The plugin can be used to generate pipes on the lines already chosen.

The plugin works on the following ways :-

  1. Choose the lines in the model where the pipes are intended to be drawn
    2. Activate the extension from menu – Draw Pipes Out Of Lines
    3. Provide units, pipe dimensions, length offset, pipe roundness parameter
    4. Press OK button
    5. It is also possible to copy pipes list from generated report

 Download the plugin from the extension warehouse

For more information, watch the following video.

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